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iRiver E200 8GB review

Alan Lu
11 Nov 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
89
inc VAT

Although its battery life is a little shorter than that of similarly priced players, the E200 is a classy portable audio and video player.

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Almost all modern MP3 players feel sturdy, but we were particularly impressed by how robust iRiver's E200 felt.

The hefty, rigid metal case looks classy and feels well engineered. This means it's a little heavier than the competition at 92g, but it's still compact and light enough to carry around all day.

We weren't disappointed by the E200's audio quality when paired with a good aftermarket pair of earphones. Music sounded clear, rich and detailed. Bass wasn't quite as thumping as we'd like, especially compared with other iRiver players, but it still sounded pleasing. The included earphones aren't worth bothering with, as they make music sound flat and muffled with very weak bass.

Battery life was disappointing. The player lasted just over 17 hours for audio, which is a little short compared with similarly priced players. There's an FM radio built in, but we had difficulty getting static-free reception in our central London offices.

The E200's touch-sensitive buttons feel odd, especially if they're set to vibrate when pressed. Although these controls feel fiddly and less precise than a physical set of buttons, the haptic feedback is genuinely useful rather than just a gimmick - with vibration turned off we were more prone to choosing the wrong songs or overshooting our intended target in a long list. The interface's white text on dark backgrounds looks clear and sharp, even in overly bright or dim lighting conditions.

Videos looked great on the bright 2.8in display. The screen has plenty of contrast and videos were always displayed in the correct aspect ratio. H.264 video files aren't supported, but WMV and DivX videos played without any problems. The battery lasted five hours and 20 minutes when playing video, which should see you through a couple of films.

We were impressed with iRiver's E200 8GB. It feels well made and sounds great, while videos looked stunning on its 2.8in screen. Battery life is a little shorter than on other players, but you'll still get a decent amount of playback time between charges. It's a Best Buy.

Details

Price£89
Rating*****
Headphone Rating**
AwardBest Buy

Hardware

Capacity8.00GB
Formatted capacity7.21GB
InterfaceUSB
Storage mediumflash memory
Battery and charge optionslithium polymer, USB
Size55x11x105mm
Weight92g

Features

Device has screen?Yes
Viewable size2.8 in
Native resolution240x320
Memory card supportmicroSD
FM Radioyes
Audio record optionsmicrophone, radio
Video record optionsnone
Supplied withheadphones, USB cable

Test Results

Tested battery life (MP3 playback)17h 3m
Tested battery life (Video playback)5h 20m
500MB transfer time7m 26s
Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackYes
Audio WMA-DRM playbackYes
Audio AAC playbackYes
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackYes
Audio WAV playbackNo
Audio Audible playbackNo
Image BMP supportYes
Image JPEG supportYes
Image TIFF supportNo
Video MPEG-4 AVI playbackYes
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playbackYes
Video WMV playbackYes
Video MPEG-1 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 playbackNo
Video MPEG-2 VOB playbackNo
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD supportYes
Video H.264 supportNo
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio supportYes
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio supportNo
Download compatibilityWMA-DRM subscription and download

Buying Information

Price per MB1.1p
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk
Detailswww.iriver.com

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